Achieving a youthful, vibrant appearance is a desire for many as they age. From loose, sagging skin to deep wrinkles and lines, the natural effects of aging can seem unavoidable. However, modern aesthetic procedures provide safe and effective options to counteract these concerns. One such revolutionary treatment is Morpheus8.
Morpheus8 is an advanced device that delivers thermal energy deep into the skin’s layers to tighten and contour the face and neck. This non-surgical treatment delivers impressive anti-aging effects by addressing common concerns like wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, laxity, and hyperpigmentation. Keep reading to understand how this innovative use of radiofrequency and microneedling can help achieve a more youthful facial appearance and profile.
Why is Collagen Important?
Collagen is an essential protein that makes up around 30% of the body’s total protein. It provides key structural support in many parts of the body such as the skin, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. As we age, collagen production naturally declines leading to visible signs of aging. Maintaining adequate collagen levels can promote youthful and healthy skin, mobility, bone density and heart function.
Collagen is abundant in the dermis layer of skin. It strengthens the skin matrix to maintain elasticity and moisture retention. With less collagen, skin becomes saggy and wrinkled. Aside from its skin benefits, collagen is also crucial for:
- Joint health: This protein is also integral to joint cartilage which cushions joints during movement.
- Bone health: Collagen is also a component of bones, and it helps to make them strong and resilient, able to withstand stretching.
- Heart health: Collagen helps keep the shape of arteries and blood vessels. When you lack collagen, your arteries may weaken, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Understanding the Technology Behind Morpheus8
Morpheus8 utilizes a combination of microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) energy to deeply penetrate the skin’s layers where collagen production and remodeling occurs.
Microneedling creates tiny microchannel in the skin using fine needles. This controlled damage triggers the body’s natural healing response. New collagen and elastin are produced, resulting in smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. However, traditional microneedling only permeates the superficial layers of the skin.
This is where the benefit of radiofrequency energy comes in where it heats tissue below the skin’s surface to stimulate new collagen production and the breakdown of old, damaged collagen. The heat also causes immediate skin tightening through the contraction of existing collagen. By adjusting RF intensity, the treatment can target different depths.
The Morpheus8 device delivers bipolar radiofrequency energy through microneedles ranging from 0.25 mm to 3.0 mm in length. This enables customized depth penetration to treat concerns in the deeper layers of the skin. The insulated microneedles protect the surface layers while RF heats the deeper dermis and subdermis for impactful skin rejuvenation.
Benefits of Morpheus8 Treatment for Face and Neck
Morpheus8 can be used to treat a variety of concerns related to facial aging including:
1. Skin Laxity and Loose, Sagging Skin
Aging, sun exposure, weight changes, and genetics thin the skin and degrade supportive collagen. This causes loose, sagging skin along with jowls and a loss of definition in facial contours. The fractionated radiofrequency applied by Morpheus8 heats and contracts existing collagen fibers while also stimulating new collagen production to counter laxity. This refines facial contours and redefines a more youthful profile.
2. Lines, Wrinkles, and Folds
Fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead become etched deeper over time due to natural collagen decline. Morpheus8 generates new collagen to smooth and soften these wrinkles from the inside out. Even deep folds like nasolabial lines and marionette lines are improved. The collagen remodeling process continues over the following months for progressive wrinkle reduction.
3. Rough, Uneven Skin Texture
Skin loses its smooth uniform surface as pores enlarge, cell turnover slows, and collagen breaks down. The Morpheus8 treatment creates microscopic channels to allow effective delivery of radiofrequency into the deeper dermis. Here, old damaged collagen is replaced with new smooth, elastic collagen. This corrects irregular texture for improved skin consistency and tone.
4. Acne Scars
Whether depressed, raised, or discolored, acne scars damage the uniform collagen structure in skin. Morpheus8 breaks up scar tissue and stimulates new collagen to gradually improve the appearance of acne scars. Indented scars are lifted while raised scars flatten over time.
5.Hyperpigmentation and Sun Spots
Years of sun exposure can lead to dark spots and patches on the face and neck. The heat and microneedling of Morpheus8 encourages skin cell turnover to gradually fade hyperpigmentation. Regular collagen renewal also helps regulate melanin production for a brighter, more even complexion over time.
Morpheus8 vs Lasers
Laser skin treatments like CO2 or Erbium laser resurfacing are also popular anti-aging procedures. However, lasers may pose a higher risk of side effects like hyperpigmentation or prolonged downtime in those with darker skin tones. Heat from lasers can damage melanocytes responsible for melanin production.
The tunable radiofrequency used in Morpheus8 bypasses the skin surface to gently heat deeper layers. This makes it a better option for those concerned about disruption of melanin or pigmentation issues post-treatment.
The fractionated delivery of RF via microneedles also means surrounding healthy tissue is spared. This supports faster healing compared to ablative laser treatments. For those unable to take extended time off work, Morpheus8’s minimal downtime is advantageous.
While lasers work by vaporizing skin layers, Morpheus8 preserves the epidermis. This offers safer treatment for all skin types and colors as surface skin remains intact. For individuals prone to scarring or keloid formation, Morpheus8 is gentler on skin integrity while still achieving collagen renewal and scar improvement.
The Treatment Process
To determine if someone is a good candidate for Morpheus8, an in-office consultation is first required. Their full medical history is reviewed to identify any conditions or medications that could impair healing or cause complications. The current health of their facial skin is analyzed and the patient’s cosmetic goals and expected outcomes are discussed.
If deemed appropriate, a customized treatment plan is created. The optimal RF power and microneedle depth is tailored to the individual’s skin concerns and desired results. More superficial settings rejuvenate epidermal texture while deeper parameters address laxity and shaping. Complex cases may warrant multiple sessions.
Morpheus8 is performed as an outpatient procedure under topical anesthetic cream. The face and neck are numbed for 45 minutes prior to treatment for comfortable application of the microneedles.
Using the handheld Morpheus8 device, the practitioner delivers controlled thermal energy via the insulated microneedles into various depths of the skin. Each pulse creates microscopic coagulation zones where collagen fibers are heated. The pinpoint wounds also stimulate new collagen.
A single full face session takes under an hour while smaller areas like the neck or hands can be treated in less than 30 minutes. Three to six sessions spaced a month apart are typical for the face. Maintenance annual touch-ups help sustain results.
Recovery and Aftercare
One of the biggest advantages of Morpheus8 is the fast recovery with minimal downtime. Patients can resume regular activities right after treatment. There may be some tenderness, swelling, redness, and light bruising which generally resolves within a few days.
Patients are advised to avoid sun exposure, exercise, hot baths, swimming, makeup, and skincare products for 48 hours post-treatment. Gentle cleansing, hydration, and application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide are recommended to support healing. Any crusting or scabbing should be allowed to shed naturally.
Results and Longevity
Improvements from Morpheus8 are gradual as new collagen develops over the course of 3-6 months following treatment. The natural production of healthy structural proteins continues over the next year for progressive rejuvenation.
Optimal results are noticed 2-3 months after the initial recommended series. However, skin will continue improving up to 12 months post-treatment. Annual maintenance Morpheus8 sessions can sustain results for years.
Potential Side Effects and Considerations
Morpheus8 is considered very safe with minimal risks when performed by an experienced provider. However, patients should be aware of the following:
- There will be temporary redness, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, and dryness immediately after treatment. These dissipate within a few days.
- Skin is more susceptible to sunburn for 2-4 weeks after treatment. Strict sun protection is vital.
- Without proper settings and care, those with darker complexions have a higher chance of hyperpigmentation or scarring.
- Anti-inflammatory creams, retinoids, and acids can irritate skin post-treatment.
- Severely aged or damaged skin often requires a series of 3-6 treatments for optimal results.
Morpheus8 delivers transformative facial rejuvenation by renewing collagen where aging takes its toll – in the deeper dermis and subdermis. This is where wrinkles, sagging, and textural issues originate as collagen thins and unravels over time. Morpheus8 uniquely harnesses fractional radiofrequency energy to gently heat and stimulate new collagen production where it counts.
Dramatic yet natural-looking improvements in facial contours, tone, elasticity, and wrinkles emerge without lengthy downtime. If you want to refresh a tired, aged appearance without surgery, Morpheus8 targets facial aging at its source – on a collagen level.
Get in Touch with Good Vibe Medical for Morpheus8 Face and Neck
Our experienced providers at Good Vibe Medical develop customized Morpheus8 treatment plans to meet your unique goals for facial rejuvenation. With little to no downtime, you can refresh tired, sagging skin on your face and neck and look years younger.
If you’re bothered by wrinkles, sun spots, or loss of tone, we invite you to schedule a Morpheus8 consultation today. Our personalized approach helps you achieve natural-looking results and maintain your vibrant, confident appearance long-term. Contact us now to learn more about Morpheus8 facial and neck rejuvenation.